Between On and Start

It was a day I will not forget.  I have a driver who takes me to my chemo appointments in Mason City every other Wednesday.  He has been an enormous blessing to me and my wife throughout the two years I have been going to those.  He does it and asks nothing, but we give him gift certificates to a restaurant he likes as a token of our appreciation.  After all, it is a thirty-eight-mile trip one-way, and with today’s gas prices, it is costing him quite a bit to do this.

This past Wednesday, he told me when he arrived at my house that his car had trouble starting that morning.  It cranked for a while before it would start.  He thought maybe the battery was going bad.  He decided he would take it to a relative who ran a shop when we got to Mason City.  We had no problem getting up to the Cancer center.  He dropped me off and went straight to the shop, where he found out his battery was fine.  The mechanic said it was probably a bad spot on his started and he would most likely have to replace the starter soon.  He came back to the Cancer center and waited for me to finish.

We went out to the car and it started fine.  But the shifter would not shift out of park!  He tried and tried with no success.  It would not budge.  I called my mechanic, and he suggested we try pushing the brake down hard a few times to try and engage the shift interlock.  That didn’t work.  He suggested we take the bolt off that connects the shift interlock with the shift lever.  We did not have the tools for that.  I thanked him and decided to call the Ford garage in town, possible they had a mechanic that could come and help us out.

The service director answered the phone and I told him our dilemma.  He suggested we take the key and hold it between on and start with the motor off and then try shifting it.  That worked!  We then put it in neutral and started it.  We were on our way.  We had two more stops to make, and did not put it back in park either time.  But at the second start, we were both going in, and could not get the key out while it was in neutral.  I guess you can only take it out when in park.  Being in a safe place, and parked a little way off from other cars, we left the keys in and the doors unlocked and went it.  The car stayed there!

On the trip home, the cruise control would not engage at one point.  He tried several times, but to no avail.  Later in our drive he tried again and it kicked in.  Four problems, all within the steering column, in one day.  Not a good sign for his car with only 76,000 miles on it!  He was going to talk to his mechanic as soon as he got to town!

Sometimes our walk with the Lord can be like our time with that car and the shift lever problem.  We will come to a comfortable place in our walk with Him. We are open to His blessing, His grace and His mercy.  But we are not doing anything to pass those blessings on to those around us, which is what we are supposed to do.  We are stuck between on and start!  Jesus told us, in His sermon on the mount, that:

Matthew 5:13-16 King James Version (KJV)

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

This is a mandate to take what He has so freely given to us and give it to others.  We just can’t seem to get up the courage to start doing something for God.  But we are called to the mission field we are in.  God has given each of us a circle of friends that need to be reached with the Gospel.  No one else has the same mission field.  Our family, our friends and our business associates all need to hear about God’s love for them.  

 Hebrews 12:1-2

12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God

It is time to put our lives in drive – start to run with patience the race that is set before us.  We do this by remembering what Jesus endured for us, and by looking at how so many that have gone before us have accomplished being salt and light. Their testimony should spur us on to do for others as he has done for us!  Let’s DRIVE!


Be blessed


4 thoughts on “Between On and Start

  1. eguyadeen3

    Enjoyed reading, agree we need to get out of our comfort zone and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I never thought that I would end of being a pastor, however I realize that God equips who he calls, we only need to trust Him

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  2. working4christtwo

    Thank you Pete {and Friendly driver},

    14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

    15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

    16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

    This is among my very favorite teaches in the the entire bible; and has been the guiding lamp on my Holy Spirit gifted Ministries.

    I have long been aware that everyone who crosses my {our} life paths is a gift from God. We are to influence them; or they us; that is a JOY of life: Which is it to be; with God in Charge?

    Truly we are to let our light sine before men so that they can see, and be seen. What will God lead us to next?


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    1. Pete Post author

      He is ever leading me to new truths in my life, new understandings of His truth, and new people to share them with.

      If I hold my tongue on these things that He gives to me, I have let my light go dim, and my salt will become tasteless. I never want that to happen.

      He has blessed you and I with a gift of words, and we both need to use them wisely and with reverence. That is our mission, and our delight, my friend.

      Be blessed



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